How to Fix an Outdoor Water Fountain
Hubs went to his first estate sale with me a few weeks ago and we found a few terrific items including this Concrete Water Fountain. The lady said she it wasn’t working, but Hubs figured he could fix it ( He is a power engineer and a millwright so I was 100% confident.) It turned out to be a very simple fountain repair. He’s going to show you how to fix one yourself.
Our back yard came with a deck and a patio. The patio is bordered by two plain grey fences and the patio pad is grey polished concrete. Its very septic looking, so plain and dull. This fountain is the first of a few projects to add some interest and colour to the patio.
The fountain comes with the base that is also the water tank, and upper portion and a fronting lion face that has a hole for the water. The water pumping feature only requires two feet of small plastic tubing and a small fountain pump, that’s all actual working parts these fountains have.
Fixing the Water Pump Mechanism
We found the replacement pump at Home Depot, the pump was the smallest they have it was the 100 gph size. The tubing is simple 1/4 inch clear plastic tubing he got it at Home Depot as well.
Place the pump with the small clear plastic tubing into the water well. Put the plug in over top of the water well as there is a slot in the seam of the upper part of the fountain to make room for the plug in. The plug in will be at the back of the fountain.
Fill the Water Tank
Once the pump is in the tank, the plug in is set to fit to the back of the fountain, and the clear plastic piping is looped out of the tank. Fill the tank with water. The only part that stays inside the water reservoir is the pump itself.
Fixing and Assembling the Fountain
Your fountain may have a pump issue, or a fountain problem, ours had both but for the price it was so worth it. Now it’s time to start assembling the fountain together.
Pull the clear plastic hose up through the opening in the upper portion of the fountain. The clear plastic hose then feeds through the small opening (in our case the lions head). This will be the waterfall.
Our fountain was missing the fittings that seal the lions head to the fountain ( you can see it in the above picture. Hubs dug around and found some hard plastic tubing he had in the garage. If you have this issue any rubber/plastic piping that fits will work for you.
Hubs applied silicone to the plastic piece and inserted it into the existing fountain opening as shown. Now the two pieces fit snuggly together and the lions head stays attached to the main fountain.
Assemble all the pieces together and turn on to check the water flow. The water fountain repair is complete.
Building the Flower Garden
Our garden setting is way too stark to just have the fountain sitting on the concrete, we chose to put it into a new flower garden that uses interlocking bricks.
When laying the interlocking bricks you must make sure everything is level. Otherwise its like putting together Lego pieces. I wanted the fountain to be a bit higher so I built a small base to place the fountain on.
Tweak the bricks so they are all even, fill with dirt, plant the flowers and your done.
My poor little flower bed looks rather sad with its day old pansy plantings, but I am very hopeful that by the end of summer its full of pretty blossoms.
Hubs fixed the pump for me, but otherwise I completed this project on my own. With this tutorial I could have done this project. Next year I may plant some vines but for this year I love how it turned out.
Please pin this post for me and next time you come across a broken fountain at a garage sale, check if its solid and buy it. I am certainly glad we did.
As a home owner the repairs and updates are pretty constant aren’t they. Not as much fun as creating something new but you certainly can save lots doing repairs.
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